RODDY COLLINS’ second possible new recuit is a striker he came into contact with when managing Maltese club, Fliorana, several years ago.
Nigerian striker, Akanni-Sunday Wasiu, who has been playing recently in China is now a free agent and he has also been in touch with the Derry boss.
“He’s a 29-years-old striker who, I believe, could figure prominently in our league. We’ve been chatting about him coming over, but we’ll wait to see what develops with the offers I intend to make this weekend,” continued Collins.
“Sunday is a big, strong target man who would like to try his luck here, but I feel we could be well equipped in the front line should our other targets opt to join us. So we’ll have to wait and see what develops.
However, one player who does not appear to be on his way to the Brandywell for the new season is former Carlisle United midfielder, Leon McSweeney, who had been made an offer before returning to England last weekend.
“I’ve been in contact with Leon this week, but he said he was not ready commit to any club just yet as it appears he has other irons in the fire over in England.
“I can understand that, so while I’m not totally ruling him out, I’ve opted to move elsewhere to get another player of his experience.”
McSweeney, a Cork native, is also believed to be attracting attention from Leeside, should he decide to return home.
“My aim is to keep working hard, attempting to add quality and experience to the squad. Everything has gone well in training and while I was disappointed not to get a match against Limavady last Tuesday night, I’m hopeful the lads will get a run-out against Coleraine next Tuesday.”
FOUR Players Offered
Collins confirmed that he will be offering contracts to the following players this weekend - striker, Mark Stewart; defenders Cliff Byrne, Tim Clancy and Iarlaith Davoren.
“I’d be absolutely delighted to get those four players to join us as I believe they would make us very strong in so many areas. However, I’m also fully aware that at this time of the year, players are not keen to commit too early just in case another offer comes in and I suppose that’s understandable.
“I’ve been playing constantly thinking about the overall strength of the squad.
“We need competition for places in all areas and that’s what I’m aiming for.
“I’ve got a cut-off point in my mind when I feel I need to make a decision and say that’s it.
“Training has been excellent and I think the players are happy at the way things have been going.
“I’m delighted to have watched so many young players in training and, as I’ve said when I first arrived in Derry, I believe I need to add five or six experienced players to have a quality panel which will see us through the season.”